This is the solution to the IBT-VI Puzzle, which was posted here:
Solving the Five Groupings
Firstly, the phrase: Here's The Tanga-esque Puzzle: contains a clue.
Secondly, you'll notice that the puzzle elements are divided into five groups. The first three groups are similar, in that they each:
overlay a faint image in the background
contain two or more 'icons'
have (faint) numbers to the right (one per icon)
The numbers refer to the number of letters in the word corresponding to the icon. So the three groups are:
EGG OWL COW MOW (also notice the two 'dots')
But what is the image they overlay? If you look closely, you might be able to discern a blender:
...a subtle clue that the groups of words should be mixed up. The correct anagrams are:
The fourth and fifth groups are solved slightly differently. Very hard to spot (unless you load the image into a graphics program and magnify the bottom left corner) are the words "DIGITS" and "PRIMES" in the bottom edge of the grey borders.
(The image above has been magnified, has squeezed the letters closer together, and has had the contrast adjusted)
So, for the fourth group, count the number of points on each line segment (starting at the top) to produce a string of digits:
To solve the fifth group requires selecting only those characters that are in positions corresponding to primes; 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, ...
...creating the string:
Combining the Pieces
If you put all the pieces together (with a few '/'s thrown in for good measure) you arrive at the following:
http: // www . google . com/notebook/public/15392559883236831169/BDSaHLAoQ3rL6_fMh
Which links to here:
The welcome section really was just that.. only 3 folks sent me PM's telling me that they had got this far.
More initial letters of words again:
Better Get Guessing! It's Mostly About Gaming Experience...
...and that bad attempt at poetry?
The stranger won the drunkard's bet
With the casual toss of a six-sided die
Everything hinged on one result
Which came through for him of course
Oh, scoundrel, the die was weighted
And the drunkard ate his hat!
Which leads you to BGG Image 161408:
Texas? Nope... this was a clue to only consider cards (from the image) which were 'T'-junctions or 'X'-roads.
By overlaying the "letter grid" with the corresponding positions of the 'T' and 'X' cards from the image, the following is revealed:
U N R P B G G V N K S
X O B R A M I L N O D
J R V B O G L A C N Q
J E K E Y I N S S A B
A N C H M O N Z I G A
N T K I A G F E A I H
O H D M N A S E R T I
J D O P W E I F S J H
Reading left to right, top to bottom, produces:
MONEY IN SANTIAGO
A quick trip to the Santiago image gallery, and you should discover a picture of the money used in the game...
The final step is to "apply" the "mask" ...
...to the wording at the top of the bank note...
BANCO DE CABO VERDE
...to arrive at the final, one-word answer: